Update: Police remind public to inspect Halloween bags after report of suspicious candy

December 7, 2023
Moncton, New Brunswick

News release


Suspicious Halloween Candy

Update: The Codiac Regional RCMP sent a sample of the suspicious candy for testing. Results from the lab revealed that the item contained only benign elements, and was mainly sucrose (sugar). The Codiac Regional RCMP would like to thank the public for their cooperation and vigilance when it comes to children safety.


Original News Release:

Novermber 1, 2023

The Codiac Regional RCMP is reminding the public to inspect their children's Halloween bags after a report of suspicious candy in the Greater Moncton area.

On October 31, 2023, police received a report of suspicious candy found in a child's bag after they came home from "Trick-or-Treating" in the Evergreen region, in Moncton, N.B. Parents located two small misshapen "candies," that did not appear to be commercially produced, and were wrapped in wax paper. None of the suspicious "candies" were ingested, no one was injured, and the items were subsequently seized by police.

Police are now sharing pictures of the seized suspicious "candies" to educate the public on what to look out for, and strongly encourage parents to inspect their children's treat bags.

"We understand that this can be alarming for parents, and we are investigating the matter," said S/Sgt. Jonathan White with the Codiac Regional RCMP. "We are encouraging parents to call us if they also saw this in their child's Halloween treats, however, at this point, it remains an isolated event."

Further to the photo, police suggest as a general rule, candy should not be consumed if it has:

  • An unusual appearance or discoloration
  • Tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers
  • Spoiled or unwrapped items
  • Wrapping that is not commercially produced
  • Homemade items or baked goods should be discarded unless you personally know who gave them.
  • And "when in doubt, throw it out"

The investigation is ongoing.


Contact information

S/Sgt. Jonathan White
Codiac Regional RCMP

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